Cleanup operation underway following oil spill in Dikkowita

A major cleanup operation is underway following an oil spill off Dikkowita.

The Navy said that it had deployed a team to minimize the environmental damage caused by the oil spill from a pipeline carrying oil to the Muthurajawela Oil Refinery Complex.

The cleanup operation is being carried out by Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) together with the Navy.

The Navy media unit said that a group of naval personnel attached to the Western Naval Command was rushed to the location following directives issued by the Naval Headquarters.

Sri Lanka Coast Guard ships ‘Samaraksha’ and ‘Samudra Raksha’ – two vessels presented to the SLCG by the Japanese Government, were also deployed.

Meanwhile, officers and sailors of the Navy and Coast Guard commenced cleaning up the oil along the beach from Dikovita to Uswetakeiyawa this morning with the assistance of experts from the Marine Environment Protection Authority. (Colombo Gazette)

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